Renewing Hope in Minnesota Youth: A Black History Month Celebration

Published on February 20, 2012 | Written by

More than 300 people – youth, community leaders, businesspersons, educators, and others – gathered at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis on February 23, 2012, to attend a Community Forum in honor of Black History Month. The forum, which featured Civil Rights icon Dr. Dorothy Cotton, was the culmination of “A Black History Month Celebration: Renewing the Hope in the Promise of Minnesota’s Youth,” a three-day event that commenced on February 21 and was sponsored by Youthprise, Cultural Wellness Center, the African American Leadership Forum and more than 20 other cross sector partners.

Consistent with Youthprise’s guiding principle of involving youth in all aspects of its work, the three-day celebration was planned, orchestrated, and implemented by young people, showcasing the talents, skills, innovation, and initiative of Twin Cities youth from local out-of-school-time programs and youth-directed social enterprises. Enthusiastic and dynamic Twin Cities’ young people were actively engaged in convening the Forum, taking the lead role in planning the agenda, researching and producing multimedia presentations that were used as educational tools at the Forum, introducing speakers and award presentations, operating video equipment, developing content for performances, and performing on stage. Dr. Cotton inspired local youth by giving them a glimpse into how the young people of her generation – armed with little more than a vision and determination – helped effect one of the most significant movements of the twentieth century.

Read more and download a summary of the Black History Month Celebration.

Watch video highlights here or visit our YouTube channel to watch additional videos from the Black History Month events.

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